Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Rider assistant soccer coach faces kid porn charges

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Jorge Roman, a well-known central New Jersey soccer coach, has been charged with possession of child pornography. (http://www.jorgeromantraining.com)
Jorge Roman, a well-known central New Jersey soccer coach, has been charged with possession of child pornography. (http://www.jorgeromantraining.com)
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  • Jorge A. Roman, 48, is charged with one count of possessing images of child pornography.
  • Authorities allege he ordered films exploiting nude, underage boys more than 40 times.
  • Roman faces up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine if found guilty.

An assistant soccer coach at Rider University who previously coached at Princeton University was charged Thursday for allegedly possessing movies showing "prepubescent boys engaging in a variety of activities, including wrestling and showering, while completely or partially naked."

Jorge A. Roman, 48, is charged with one count of possessing images of child pornography after authorities raided his Princeton, N.J., home Wednesday and allegedly found several videos containing hours of child pornography. Authorities allege he ordered films exploiting nude, underage boys more than 40 times.

Roman is longtime member of the New Jersey Youth Soccer (NJYS) and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He has also worked with the regional Olympic Development Program and coached as an assistant at Princeton University under former U.S. Soccer's national team head coach Bob Bradley.

He says on his website that his playing career included stints at the professional and national team level in soccer and volleyball in his native Central America during the 1980s. He also says he received a degree in Education and a Physical Education Teaching Diploma from Del Valle University with a major in Sports Science.

According to the criminal complaint filed Thursday by the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, "During a period lasting approximately five years, Roman ordered – on more than 40 occasions – films exploiting nude, minor boys that were marketed as 'naturist films from around the world.' The orders included DVDs, photo CDs and downloadable links."

Roman faces up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine if found guilty.


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